October 24, 2006

Jonathan Coulton: A song a week

Writing about web page http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songs

This guy is about the most enlightened non-DRM musician I’ve seen, not to mention one of the most prolific: he has a collection of songs called Thing a Week:-

Since September 2005 I have posted a new song every Friday in an effort to keep the creative juices flowing and to prove to myself that I can actually create on a schedule. It’s been a real learning experience – I’m not always happy with the outcome, but I’m learning to let some of the details go, and I’m figuring out how to keep from censoring myself all the time.

He needn’t worry. The songs are by turns catchy, funny, sweet and of the dozen or so I’ve listened to so far, I wouldn’t say there’s even one out and out duffer. And the reason I can tell this is because every single song is freely available for you to listen to, or download, or subscribe to via iTunes. If you like them you can pay for them, and the MP3 file you’d get would be completely free of DRM. But if you subscribe to the podcast, you get the songs for free anyway, and then you can just donate however little or much you think a new song a week is worth to you.

Recommended examples:

  • Tom Cruise Crazy
  • Drinking with You
  • Flickr

I take my hat off to him: a new song a week for a few weeks is one thing, but every week for more than a year? That’s what I call a work ethic. Him and Ze Frank and Richard Herring. I get tired just visiting their sites.


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